Sebastião Salgado, Genesis

I have been to a fantastic exhibition two weekends ago, and couldn’t share it here due to a long/never ending extremely busy week!

Sebastião Salgado, Genesis exhibition

Sebastião Salgado, Genesis exhibition

Sebastião Salgado, Genesis. Since he is a Brazilian artist, Linguarte, the school for Brazilian culture in Munich, decided to take the kids there and I joined them as parent and (well …) “photographer” :-)

The exhibition is outstanding, to say the least. Really amazing. If you ever have the chance to see it, don’t miss it, and if not, probably I would suggest you to get the book.

The main topic is life, as a whole.

We had a bit of Salgado’s history, before heading to the exhibition, with some videos for the kids and a small biography. Salgado was an up and coming economist, back in the 70’s, and gave up his promising career to follow his passion for photography, and it paid of!!

His TED talk – Sebastião Salgado is also something worth watching!
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Seeing light

I had the intention to write about something else, now coming back from the end of the year season, but the light in the morning was just beautiful and I decided to write about light :-)

Garching 1100 years - Light cubes sculptures (photo: Cris da Rocha)

Garching 1100 years – Light cubes sculptures (photo: Cris da Rocha)

Yes! I was taking my kids to school in a rainy morning (no snow yet around here), very blue, but the horizon was clear and this blue-hour light gradient was just beautiful! The beauty/curse of the winter around here is a sunrise around 8:00 :-)

After that, driving to work this narrow strip of light, between the horizon and the clouds just look wonderful in the buildings, including a full rainbow, due to the light shower over the city. Driving with no camera at hand (not a good one), all I could do was to appreciate the light. Actually it was not a photographic scene, it was just beautiful light. This got me thinking about light for a while.

One thing I noticed since I came back to photography was that I started to appreciate light. It’s kind of obvious and necessary. I think is Joe McNally that says you should always study the light, even when not shooting. I really like looking at light and seeing what it does and how it looks. I still need to work A LOT to put all this light in an image, but I’m in the process, slowly by steadily.

This appreciation of light is something you loose if you don’t work on it. For years I simply didn’t care about it. As a young teenager I remember observing the light, maybe this “observer” inside of my was what drove me to a scientific career, but then life gets on the way and you start focusing on the immediate needs and forget about the little things. An image I have in my memory was a visit to a Gothic church when I was 13 or 14 years old, and I was hypnotized by a single stream of sunlight coming from the root of this huge dark church and the dust like glittering in the stream. I’ll come back to this place someday to shoot this image.

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Merry Xmas and Happy 2016!

Merry Xmas and Happy 2016!

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year (Photo: Cris da Rocha)

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year (Photo: Cris da Rocha)

2015 was a hard year in all senses! Too much work, too little time to shoot and to process the images, even my coffee machine went in a comma :-), but we survived, we always do!!

Christmas decoration is always a great subject to shoot, specially with a fast lens, giving you a nice bokeh.

Heading north to visit friends, some nice cities on the way.

Back in 2016, with new energy and new shots!

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Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Last weekend was the Help-Portrait 2015 and the Munich team went to the Deutschen Herzzentrum!

Help-Portrait Munich 2015 - The team

Help-Portrait Munich 2015 – The team

Help-Portrait is an initiative created by Jeremy Cowart and the idea is “Find someone in need, take their picture, print their picture, deliver their picture”.

The concept behind is the power of photography. It’s amazing how people are touched by a nicely made picture, so we gather professionals from the area, photographers, make up artists, retouchers, … and give our subjects professional attention and that touches their lives in their moment of need, and touches our lives, for being able to give something back.

Since 2011 this Munich team goes to the Ronald McDonald Haus in the Deutschen Herzzentrum (German Heart center).

Help-Portrait Munich 2015 - The Ronald McDonald Haus

Help-Portrait Munich 2015 – The Ronald McDonald Haus

We photograph the patients in the hospital stations and the families, specially the ones being hosted by the Ronald McDonald Haus. The Ronald McDonald Haus receives families from out of town, in their need for assistance for having someone in care at the hospital, and more often than not are kids being treated.

Help-Portrait gives you the opportunity to give something for people in need, but more than anything, helps you put yourself into perspective. Do you know this big problem you have, that makes you feel like everything is terrible? After you leave an intense day like we had last saturday, it’s all gone … you’ve just glad to have brought a smile in the face of people that are really suffering and thankful for being healthy and having a very healthy and loving family.

I want to thank the organization for allowing me in (the non-professional guy that once got a camera ;-) ) and to help. Thanks Carmen and Ingo Photography, Jules Heim, Jürgen Kappelmeier Fotografie, Die Foto Fee, Susanne Wysocki, Kitty Fried Photography, Marina Scholze, Natürlich Fotografie and all the other people that could not show up, but helped behind the scene! Also all the people from the Ronald McDonald Haus for letting us in!

If you want to help! Let us know! Hands are always welcome!!

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

Help-Portrait Munich 2015

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Getting the picture

In the spring I posted about missing the picture, now finally posting about GETTING the picture.

Garching 1100 years - Light cubes sculptures (photo: Cris da Rocha)

Garching 1100 years – Light cubes sculptures (photo: Cris da Rocha)

For the 1100 anniversary of Garching, the city I live close to Munich, the city is making a big, year long, series of events and one of them is sculpture with Light Cubes in different places of the city. It started with the big light cube in the opening event, the one I ended up missing in the spring, and it changed in time.

Mid fall, the sculpture was the formation you can see in the image above. The Halloween sunset had a nice blue light (the sunset missed the “burning clouds”) and I had the chance to wander around with my tripod. Also the place was quite calm, despite being beside one of the main city squares, together with the long exposures, people in the scene was not an issue.

The original idea was to “HDR it to death”, but processing the “properly” exposed (0EV – evaluative meter centered in the cubes), with Lightroom edits, gave the proper mood and light ratio between the sky, the shadowy middle-ground and the cubes.

This time, I’ve got the shot, apparently :-)

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